All is not well with the Benue chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) following the defection of state Governor, Samuel Ortom and Senator representing Benue Northeast senatorial zone, Chief Barnabas Gemade.
It was gathered that following their defection, the duo are demanding a complete reorganisation of the party such that will cede 60% of the party structures to them.
A source within the party hierarchy said this move has not gone down well with former governor, Gabriel Suswam especially as Senator Gemade, who defeated him in the 2015 senatorial elections is still interested and their interest are set to clash once again.
On this, Special Assistant to Suswam on Media, Mr Bede Bartholomew said, ” We know and are happy Governor Ortom has come back, but for him and Sen Barnabas Andyar Gemade to demand and insist that the entire existing party structures at all levels should be tampered with to accommodate them at this zero hour is not too good and very unsettling. Already nerves are twitching and tempers rising within the ranks of the party.”
These rising tensions were the reason why the 13 Benue governorship aspirants under the PDP held a press conference in Abuja last month to address.
They said, “While we may not oppose any group or individuals from joining and participating in the affairs of the party in the state, we are strongly opposed to a purported unilateral decision to dissolve the executives of the party at all levels in the state to accommodate or give undue advantage to any group or person angling to join the party ”
All these notwithstanding, Governor Ortom and Senator Gemade are said to have the backing of the national leadership of the PDP especial the Chairman, Chief Uche Secondus who sees the financial muscle of the duo very important to the fortunes of the party in the 2019 general elections.
It remains however interesting to see how all these pans out even as rumours are rife of Suswam’s disaffection and desire to soon join the All Progressives Congress along with other aggrieved PDP governorship aspirants.
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